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Carlos Norales AKA BODAMA/BODOMA GARIFUNA BAND

Speaking of Carlos Norales; is speaking of a humble, simple and talented young singer and drummer crihoyo Garifuna culture, which through his music, connects the youth with the ancestral and beyond. He was born in November 1974, on a ship named Kety Santa Fe, which was facing the Bay of La Ceiba and was full of passengers including his mother who was traveling from Puerto Cortes to Santa Fe Colon in Honduras. Bodoma got this pseudonym when once his second grade teacher joked and said that he was so restless that it seem as if he was born in the historic Biblical cities Sodom and Gomorrah, which his classmates took advantage of and so Sodom and Gomorrah became his nickname. At the end of that school year, he travels to Puerto Cortes in Honduras for a two months vacation. After returning to school, his peers had forgotten the nickname they gave him and began calling him Bodoma, which Carlos found very disturbing. At the age of 13, he traveled to San Pedro Sula to complete his studies. He graduated as a refrigeration and air conditioning Technician.

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In that same era he became interested in Garifuna’s cultural activities, like singing and playing for ceremonies like DUGU. He earned his cultural position as a leader of the youth. The concern for a new African name, he decided to stick to Bodoma. In 1999, Bodoma went on a musical tour to Guatemala and Mexico. Once there he became known to the cities of Guatemala like, Puerto Barrios, and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. In Mexico he also had several presentations in some of the cities which were Tap Chula, Acapetagua, Tuxtlagutirrez and Sancristobal de las Casas. In the state of Chiapas, other presentations were in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Tulun, Chetumal, and the state of Quintanaro. In early 2000 Bodoma also had appearances with his group in Belize like, the city of Dangriga, Sembat, Placencia and Punta Gorda. In the middle of the year 2000 he traveled to the United States with an impromptu group just for the trip. They did presentations in public places such as the parks to earn funds for their successful trip. In the year 2003 Bodoma recorded his first album with producer Victor Arzu entitled “Garifuna Emu Niumeila” and in 2005 had his second album called “Tenki Afrika” under the signature of V. A. Records.

In October 2008, Bodoma travel with producer Victor Arzu to Cevia, Spain in Europe. During the stay in Spain they went to a musical conference of Womex to accompany the musician and songwriter Aurelio Martinez.

In 2005 Bodoma/Carlos has played music with a Japanese friend named Nobumichi Miyagi, who is reforming a reggae band since 2008 that is called “BODOMA” Garifuna-Japanese Reggae Band. The integrants are Garifunas and Japanese. Together, they have already had many events and have been accepted by the public. Nobumichi and Bodoma made a demo CD that is called GariRasta. For the year 2009 Bodoma is recording a demo of traditional music and reggae music with V. A. Records.
September 2009, BODOMA Garifuna traditional songs new album.

Recently BODOMA band performed at New York TV station 
UNIVISION 41 2010 June.
Bodoma (Carlos Norales) made albums with garifua musicians and Nobu joined projects in 2009.
Released CDs at iTunes, amazon.com, CDbaby, Napster 2009 April 5th ”Gari Rasta” and
new album 2009 September 19th “Maracas Claves y Tambor”.
New recordings to be released in 2011.

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IN ESPANOL

biografia de bodoma

Hablar de Carlos Norales; es hablar de un umilde sencillo y talento joven tanborista y cantante crihoyo cultaral Garifuna, que atraves de su musica conecta la juventud con lo ancestral y el mas alla. nace en noviembre 1974, en una enbarcasion de pasajeros llamada kety santa fe frente a la bahia de la ceiba, cuando su madre viajaba de puerto cortes a santa fe colon en honduras. Bodoma alquiere este seudonimo, una vez que su profesora de segundo grado de primaria bromiava diciendole que por lo inquieto que era, el habia nacido en la historicas cuidades biblicas Sodoma y Gomorra, lo que aprovecharon sus compañeritos para apodarlo asi; Sodoma y Gomorra . al final de ese mismo año escolar se va por dos meses de vacaciones a puerto cortes en honduras, cuando regresa ya sus compañeros de escuela se les havian olvidado las palabras sodoma y gomorra llamandole bodoma, y esto lo molestaba mucho.a los 13 años viaja a san pedro sula a concluir sus estudios graduandoce de tecnico en refrigeracion y aire acondicionado.en esa misma era se interesa en las actividades culturales garifunas cantando y tocando para las ceremonias DÜGÜ alquiriendo la posision como lider cultural juvenil.entonces tuvo la inquietud de buscarse un nombre africano auto nombrandose BODOMA . en 1999 hace una jira musical por guatemala y mexico presentandose el la cuidad de guatemala, en puerto barrios, quetzaltenango guatemala. en mexico tuvo varias presentaciones algunas de ellas fueron en tapachula, acapetagua, tuxtlagutirrez, sancristobal de las casas, en el estado de chiapas. otras presentaciones fueron en playa del carmen, cancun, tulun, chetumal, en el estado de quintanaro. a principio del 2000 tambien tuvo presentaciones con su grupo en belize city dangriga, sembate, placencia,y punta gorda. a mediados del 2000 viaja a los estados unidos con un grupo improvisado solamente para el viaje. hacian sus presentaciones en lugares publicos y en los parques para recoudar fondos para su exitoso viaje. en el año 2003, BODOMA grava su primer album discografico con el productor Victor Arzu titulado Garifuna Emu niumeila y en el 2005 gravo otro material llamado Tenki Afrika bajo la firma de V. A. Records.

Musicians:

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Carlos Norales AKA Bodoma
( Singersongwtier /Djembe Drum/Garifuna Drums )

Garifuna Drums are primarily two types of drums used
1, The Primero, Tenor Drum
2, The Segunda, Bass Drum

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MILTON(Back vocal & Garifuna Drums)

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Kevin(Drums)

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Dines Alagany(Bass)

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Based out of New York City and Osaka Japan, Nobumichi Miyagi is a guitarist/singer-songwriter whose music style falls under many classifications such as Rock and Roll, Honduras traditional music, Reggae, Folk, Traditional Japanese music, Caribbean Music, among many other styles.
Nobu grew up in a Buddhist Temple near Osaka and Kyoto city in a small area of the Hyogo prefecture. He moved to New York City to pursue his dreams in music in 2005. His love of music began at age 8 by playing the traditional Japanese drum called the Taiko, which he would play every year in his home town for the Buddhist festivals. At fourteen years of age, Nobu further developed his love for music. Influenced by American culture through watching American movies and TV, and listening to American music, he like most young boys learned how to play guitar and formed rock and folk bands with his friends. He and his bands played in his home town and further regions such as Kansai region, Kawanishi city, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto. Whether as a single act or with the band, he played small venues as well as city and town festivals. Nobu is a self taught guitar player and remains determined to continue to learn all aspects of guitar playing including various styles. When Nobu moved to New York, he continued to play at a profession level and joined a band, whose genre is Honduran traditional music. Approached by a fellow musician, Bodoma from Honduras who also came to New York to work professionally, Nobu, excited to perform reggae and Garfunia traditional music, joined the band. Through this band, Bodoma was looking to spread his culture through Garifuna Honduras’ traditional music. The band plays many venues in New York City and has played at the request of the Honduran Embassy in locations including New York State, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Boston and Atlanta. Nobu’s highest ambition is to continue to play music in America professionally. He has proved himself as a guitar player, songwriter, and an all around likable guy.

Recently BODOMA band were performing at New York TV station 
UNIVISION 41 2010 June.
Bodoma (Carlos Norales) made albums with garifua musicians and Nobu joined projects in 2009. Released CDs at iTunes, amazon.com, CDbaby, Napster 2009 April 5th ”Gari Rasta” and new album 2009 September 19th “Maracas Claves y Tambor”. In 2011 they are going to release new recording songs come out.

NOBU/Nobumichi Miyagi(Guitar)
http://www.myspace.com/japannobu
http://www.nobumichimiyagi.com

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About Susumu Ideno A native Japanese ,Susumu Ideno began playing guitar at 15 years old.Susumu studied Eric Crapton,Deep purple,yngwey malmsteen, steve vai ,to learn how to play guitar. He joined the Rock’n Roll band to be able to play guitar in Japan. switched to soprano saxophone when he was 24 year old.That was his first wind instrument.And then he moved to USA when he was 25 years old.He studied jazz using basic music theory based on simple Rock’n Roll music.He joined the Dixie jazz land band to develop his skills to play saxophone much better and performing .He studied jazz music theory with great jazz pianist Barry Harris.He studied saxophone technic to blush up his skills in 2006 in Berklee Music colleage.He learned from Jim Odgren,Jackie Beard.He came back New York.He studied Evan Schwam in 2007.He studied saxophone technic,improvisation and jazz theory from Patience Higgins at jazz mobile. That year he had good opportunity to play in Louis Armstrong House in Queen New York City. In 2008 he joined Latin Ska band KOFRE.Next year he had awesome opportunity to do performing in Los Angeles.That year he played in WBAI 99.5FM Radio station january.He played telemundo Latinamerican TV station.Those were broadcasted all over New York City and New jersy. He played in Knitting Factory.Played in Radio Station in Los Angeles.He played BB KING BLUES CLUB September 2009.He toured Geogia Altlanta,Alabama,North Carolina October.

SUSU/Susumu Ideno (Saxophone) http://www.myspace.com/susumuideno

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She was born in Fukuoka, Japan. She started to learn the organ she was 5 years old. Afterwards, she has been singing since she was 13 years old, and practice hard as a R&B singer by herself. Since moving to New York, she has performed regularly with pianist Juli Aoyama and with the reggae band BODOMA.

Mei Nagano (Female Vocal) http://www.myspace.com/blackraytunes
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Chie Monoe (Keyboard) http://www.myspace.com/chiemonoe

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Chie was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She started to play the piano when she was 5. While she studied at Tokyo College of Music, she met and played various types of music (Japanese traditional, Classical, Jazz, World wide music, etc.) After she moved to New York, she has been expanding her musical sense further more. Chie is also a Reiki (holistic healing modality) Master/Teacher. Her healing session using her music helps people’s relaxation and body-mind harmonization. Recently, she is playing the keyboard in the Bodoma Garifuna-Japanese Reggae band.

OSUKA(Back up vocal &Garifuna Drums)

Marvin(Back up vocal & Garifuna Drums)

Funny,Funny,Yuki,Miki(Back up vocal)

Jr.Yuny/Abab(Bass/Keyboard)